A grading systems allows all students to proceed through levels, or grades, signifying their growth and development. Whilst it is not mandatory for students to go through the grading system, it is a great way for both adults and children to have their progress recognised.
Gradings generally take place every 3 months for beginners through to 1st Kyu grades. A student will be eligible to grade when they have gained the required number of training lessons. It is natural that the Chief Instructor will advise for or against a grading if the individual is not ready. A grading must not be rushed and equally it must be taken to show progress and to give the student a sense of achievement.
For Dan grades permission must be sought from the Chief Instructor.
Check out some pictures from the grading at Bu'sen in West London in September 2013.